I’d never really been into podcasts until very recently, when I found myself doing a lot of long train journeys with nothing other than music to listen to. This is when I discovered the world of podcasts. I love so many podcasts of so many different varieties, but these four are my ultimate subscribe-worthy podcasts – and I’m going to share them with you today!
My podcast journey began with My Dad Wrote A Porno, and boy was it a cracker to start off with! MDWAP is a podcast featuring Jamie Morton, Alice Levine and James Cooper, where they delve into the world of Belinda Blinked – an erotic novella written by Jamie’s father under the psydeonum ‘Rocky Flintstone’. Its hilarity comes in two parts: the terribly written erotica and the knowledge and the cringe factor that Jamie is reading his own dad’s porn. We find ourselves enthralled as Belinda navigates her way around the Pots and Pans industry, sleeping her way to the top – who knew crockery could be so sexy?!
My Dad Wrote A Porno has 3 series and each episode revolves around one chapter of the porno. When I recommend this podcast, people think it sounds weird and honestly, before I started it, I thought it sounded weird too, but just give it a chance. It’s had me crying with laughter on public transport before so trust me when I say it’s a good’un. It’s running now, so don’t miss a new part every Monday and a new episodes of ‘The Footnotes’ featuring special guests such as Charlotte Crosby and George Ezra!
Episode to start with: Series 1 Episode 1
The Guilty Feminist speaks to me on levels that I can’t even begin to explain. It is a chatty podcast starring one of my all-time favourite comedians and ex-Jehovah’s Witness Deborah Frances-White. Every week, Deborah invites along a guest co-host and also a special guest to talk about themes related to feminism and ‘our noble goals as twenty-first century women’. It is hilarious, empowering, educational and mostly reassuring that everyone sometimes has un-feminist thoughts.
Each episode starts with Deborah and the co-host saying ‘I am a feminist, but…’ and then stating something they think or do which makes them un-feminist. My favourite from the last episode was guest co-host Cariad Lloyd saying that she was a feminist but she is completely disgusted by ‘jizz’, despite the fact it is a natural bodily function for men, and she gives them shit for being disgusted by periods. Then, each co-host has a challenge to tell us about, related to the theme. One of my favourites was from the episode about dating, where Deborah told us for her challenge, she and her husband roleplayed meeting on Tinder, which was hilarious.
I love this podcast for so many reasons. I think Deborah is phenomenal; I think it’s highly relatable; it has taught me so much about intersectionality and has allowed me to open up my mind and learn more about the complexities of third-wave feminism. If you’re a feminist, you will love this. I guarantee it!
Episode to start with: Episode 1, Nudity.
Another podcast hosted by the wonderful Deborah Frances-White is Global Pillage, which was born out of a Guilty Feminist challenge for representation. It is a comedy panel show based around diversity, where panelists come from all places around the world and are a range of sexualities and genders. The unique element of Global Pillage is the involvement of the audience who also play as a team on the game, aptly named ‘The Hive Mind’.
This is a fairly new podcast to me, but the episodes I’ve listened to have had me in bits. My favourite round is the ‘idiom’ round, where idioms from around the world are translated and the teams have to guess what they mean. It’s humorous and light but with a deeper more serious message about representation that is very important and that we should all make note of.
Episode to start with: 4.5 Births, Marriages and Deaths
When I found out that two of my favourite bloggers were creating a podcast snooping around people’s houses together, I couldn’t contain my excitement. At Home With… follows Anna Newton (of The Anna Edit) and Lily Pebbles as they explore the homes of people such as food writer Madeline Shaw, blogger Kate La Vie, and most recently Liz Earle, ya know, the brains behind the Cleanse & Polish! It’s such a relaxing podcast – a great one to listen to when you’re in the bath – and it makes me feel all warm and cosy inside… and also green with envy at the amazingness of some of these peoples houses!
Anna and Lily are two of the nicest people around; they’re so genuine and you can really see this during this podcast. The guests they interview are always so interesting to me – be it bloggers I read or creators of products that I love – and not one episode of this podcast that is still in it’s infancy has disappointed me yet. I’m so pleased for Anna and Lily that this has been such a success for them and I can’t wait for more episodes in the future.
Episode to start with: At Home With Jo Elivin
So, there we have it. These are a few of my absolute favourite podcasts. I hope this blog post has at least convinced you to listen to one of them.
Do you have a favourite podcast? Let me know!